CARACAS, Tuesday December 11, 2012 | Update

Venezuelan VP to Chávez: we will be loyal even after life

Authorities would not disclose the date when the Venezuelan Head of State would undergo surgery

Tuesday December 11, 2012  12:00 PM
Not even 12 hours had passed since the arrival of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in Cuba, when Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, the current acting president of Venezuela, was leading his first rallies as head of the Executive Office.

However, in none of the rallies, Maduro, who is also the foreign minister, provided information about the surgery that Chávez will undergo to remove a third malignant tumor. However, on Monday, sources said that the Venezuelan leader underwent surgery soon after his arrival in Havana, in view of his delicate health conditions.

During the rallies, the vice-president recalled the achievements gained during Chávez's administration, yet he did not reveal when the leader will undergo surgery, who will be his surgeons, or the consequences involved. He only urged people to pray the Our Father with him and pray for Chávez health recovery.

Although former Vice-President Elías Jaua was also present during the rallies, he did not provide any information about Chávez surgery either.

"When President Chávez uttered such words on Saturday and said he was lucky to be accompanied by all of us, we had this is true. Chávez has a people. Even after life, we will be loyal to Hugo Chávez. Another election is not at stake right now. In this election and in every election, the homeland is at stake, the future," Maduro remarked with tears in his eyes and his voice broken. 

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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